Smart grid trade mission planned

April 24, 2012

MHTA – Funding is available to qualified small businesses interested in taking part in a smart grid trade mission to Canada later this year. Many countries are developing a smarter grid as part of their energy future, but few as actively and creatively as Canada.

The mission is being organized by the Minnesota Trade Officials. Leaders say this trip will be an excellent opportunity to explore the export and business growth potential that Canada holds for Minnesota companies with smart grid products and services.

Small-business participants will receive a package of services that includee individual conference call to identify market opportunities and begin the partner search, customized business match-making services, with meetings in Toronto, a smart grid market research report with customized insights based on your specific product as well as other support services following the mission.

In addition, mission participants will be escorted to additional government meetings, site visits and demonstrations to round out the picture of Ontario’s progressive approach to the smart grid.The fee for small businesses is $2,000. The fee for large firms (more than 500 employees) is $2,900. Mission participants cover their own airfare, lodging, meals and some local transportation costs. Companies may qualify for substantial trade mission assistance provided by the SBA STEP Grant Program administered by the Minnesota Trade Office.

The application deadline is June 15. The mission is limited to 10 participants. Contact the Minnesota Trade Office for more information.